Let inward meditation on God be your handmaid

BLESSED art thou, O Lord: teach me thine ordinances.

With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

I will meditate on thy commandments, and consider thy ways. I will meditate on thine ordinances: I will not forget thy words.

Psalm 118(119):12-16

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A detail from an icon of Mary the Mother of God

“Turn your whole attention to the secret mysteries concerning Him: for the principles of these mysteries will deify you, and God delights in them and is won over by them.”

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SHALL I show you another path to salvation – or, rather, to dispassion?

Through your entreaties constrain the Creator not to let you fail in your purpose.

Constantly bring before Him as intercessors all the angelic powers, all the saints, and especially the most pure Mother of God.

Do not ask for dispassion, for you are unworthy of such a gift; but ask persistently for salvation and with it you will receive dispassion as well. The one is like silver, the other like pure gold.

In particular, let inward meditation on God be your handmaid, and turn your whole attention to the secret mysteries concerning Him: for the principles of these mysteries will deify you, and God delights in them and is won over by them.

St Theognostos (?14th century), “On the Practice of the Virtues, Contemplation, and Priesthood”, §32. In the Philokalia, vol. II. Translation by Palmer, Sherrard, and Ware.

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SING, you peoples, to the Mother of our God, sing!

For today she places her soul, all filled with light, in the immaculate palms of the One who was incarnate from her without seed. And she implores him without ceasing that to the inhabited world there may be granted his peace and great mercy. […]

THEREFORE, immaculate Mother of God, as you live for ever with the life-bearing King, your Offspring, pray without ceasing that he guard and save from every hostile assault your new people; for we have gained your protection.

At Great Vespers of the Feast of the Dormition. Translation from Anastasis.

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